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Looking back: Girls from Farmington, Rosemount competed for 1964 Dairy Princess title

50 years ago

From the May 14, 1964

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

13 contestants for Dairy Princess title

Dakota County will have 13 contestants in the County Dairy Princess Contest on Thursday, May 14. The contest will be held at the Kon Tiki Club near Lakeville....

Contestants include: Joyce Cummings, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cummings of Farmington; sponsored by Hagen Hardware of Farmington....

Judy Schultz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Schultz of Farmington; sponsored by Dakota County Farm Bureau Insurance Company....

Karyn Groth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Groth of Rosemount; sponsored by Carlson Tractor and Equipment Co.

Patricia O’Connor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John O’Connor of Farmington; sponsored by First State Bank of Rosemount.

Donna Carroll, daughter of Donal Carroll of Rosemount; sponsored by Fluegel Elevator, Inc....

The queen will be crowned by last year’s Dakota County Dairy Princess, Mary Ann Smith of Farmington. The queen and two attendants will have an opportunity to participate in the regional contest held in conjunction with the Regional Dairy Days on Saturday, June 13, at Stillwater.

Record number of filings reported

There are more filings for school boards in the area than there has been for a long time, and there is opposition in every race. In several places as many as seven candidates are vying for the two or three open school board chairs....

Following is a list of candidates by school district:


Filing for school board are: Harry C. Ross, Farmington, hardware store owner; Dean Empey, (I), Farmington, farmer, self-employed; Eugene (Babe) Kuchera, Farmington, Hansen Beverage employee; and Richard Beyer, (I), Farmington, plant superintendent at Watson Store Planners.

Polling will be in the high school lobby from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Filing for school board are: Dale Beasley, 35, Apple Valley resident, a teacher at Bloomington; George Booth, Sales and Service company employee, Rosemount; H.C. Crow, 56, (I), farmer, Farmington; Jerome Degenaar, 32, personnel manager for North Central Corp., of St. Paul; Leigh Jones, 32, accountant, Burnsville; Joseph Licata, 37, purchasing agent, Apple Valley; and Arthur J. Volkert, 44, (I), farmer Rosemount.

Rosemount has two precincts; residents of Eagan and Inver Grove voting at Northview school and others at the high school auditorium in Rosemount. Hours are from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

75 years ago

From the May 19, 1939

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Local girls sell poppies Saturday 

The girls who will sell poppies in Farmington, Saturday, May 20, under the direction of the American Legion Auxiliary, of which Mrs. P.H. Casey is president ... will manage a house to house canvass and sell in the business district all day; proceeds will go to disabled veterans. 

The poppy committee is Mesdames, Fred Curtis, chairman, P.H. Casey, Jess Akin, Mrs. Al Haugh is assisting with the banquet.

The girls are: Deloris Hunter, Margaret Goetzinger, Elizabeth Feely, Mary Lou Flynn, Dixie Wright, Maraget Hansen, Lorraine Stoneberg, Alice Demuth, Carolyn Haugh, Joan Fredrickson; Carol Ellison, Catherine Fillinger, Ann Volden, Kathleen Wright, Shirley Stoneberg, Virginia Kleve; Beverly Curtis, Helen Ahern and Emily Schmidtke. 

Quiet school elections Tuesday

The early school elections held Tuesday evening in this community, elected trustees for 3-year terms, without heated contests and few votes were cast. The results were: 

Farmington – Mr. C.A. Carlson, E.M. Gerster 

Rosemount – H.J. Geraghty, L. O. Bernier

These elections were previously held in July, but the 1939 legislature changed the time of these annual elections to May. 

100 years ago

From the May 15, 1914

edition of the

Dakota County Tribune

Memorial Day

There is a movement on foot to make the coming Memorial Day services the most elaborate and fitting that have been held in Farmington in years.

For a number of years the patriotic spirit of Western Dakota County has not been what it might have but the air is now permeated with the spirit of paying homage to the heroic dead such as has not been seen before in years.

The proposition is to join with the Post and Relief Corps by asking all to lay aside their work and business and devote the day to honoring the boys who defended the flag in the dark days when our nation was in peril.

It is said there are a dozen or more old time band men living in Farmington and the proposition is to have them meet at the city hall next Monday evening to organize a band to play at the exercises here on Decoration Day.

There are a dozen or fifteen instruments about town and as near as we can learn there is a man for each horn. This is a good cause and an opportune time and we would like to see all the men who are interested in a band for a day, or a year, come to the city hall next Monday evening and help organize.

Over new road

The Tribune man made an auto trip over the newly-made Capital National Highway between Rosemount and St. Paul and we must say we were somewhat disappointed in our anticipation.

In our opinion, the top of the grade is not only too narrow but there is too much gravel. Mr. Allyn, the good roads man of Madison Lake, says there should be a cost of not more than two inches of gravel while there must be fully eight inches on this road.

This gravel was hauled on the road last fall and with winter snows and all the rains we have had this spring, the road is almost impossible. We have heard some talk that they were going to take off about half the gravel and as soon as the coat left on is thoroughly mixed in the clay, it will be put back on.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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